Sometimes we have the good fortune of being asked to repeat a presentation or workshop. In my opinion, that’s an honor. What we don’t know is if someone in our audience will be hearing us for the first time or will be hearing us again. If it’s the latter, we must freshen up our delivery as well as update our content, if applicable. The rationale behind this is that we don’t want to risk seeming stale or irrelevant when sharing our message with others.
Now, if you’re wondering how this is accomplished, here are some recommended ideas for your consideration:
1. Change your opening. As an example, if you used a question, try a startling fact or an anecdote.
2. Change your closing. It’s critical to have a call to action but maybe you want to encourage a different behavior or you could connect it back to your opening and tell the conclusion of your anecdote.
3. Change your exercises. It’s typically a good idea to give your audience a chance to participate and become active vs. passive listeners. One way to do this is by using different modalities of the brain. To clarify, you could ask your audience to physically move to a different location in the room, stand vs. sit, or perhaps write a key phrase or idea.
4. Change your visuals. Let’s say you used a slide deck in your original presentation. This time you could include bolder images, use a combination of slides and props, use a whiteboard or flipchart, or distribute a sample for people to look at or touch.
5. Change your content. Depending on your topic, you may need to update your statistics, make your examples more consistent with the audience demographics or possibly add or delete information.
The point is that by altering your presentation in any of the five recommended ways noted in this blog, it helps you stay more dynamic as a speaker and keeps you and your presentation fresh as a daisy!